I have a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today. I had a pretty good idea that I was going to scrap these photos of Mateo for my next layout for Kerri. Whenever I'm printing photos at home, and have space left on the page, I just print out random photos that I think I might want to scrap at some point. And in between printing photos out for numerous other projects, and adding one of these photos each time, I finally ended up with three photos to use on a page.
But then Kerri came out with her new All About Fall kit, and I really wanted to use it, seeing as it's fall and all. Except that we don't really have "fall" here where I live (I'm positive that I've mentioned this 842 times before!). The kit has great words for pumpkin patch layouts and Halloween layouts, but I've scrapped my "good" pumpkin patch and Halloween photos to death. Any older ones that might still need scrapping are from the film days, and would involve seaching for negatives and having re-prints made. Too much work.
After looking at this kit a few times, the word "wicked" caught my eye. It dawned on me that I could use it along with the photos of Mateo. I came up with the title "wicked cute dude", which fits him perfectly. Because he is seriously the cutest little boy ever! We've been loving on his cuteness, since he first started coming to our daycare when he was just a few months old. And he's only gotten cuter and cuter as he's gotten older. I still can't believe he's going to be 3 years old in a few weeks!
I took the word "dude" from the Urban Dictionary kit, and used Kerri's Weathered Door Alphabet [All] kit to create the word "cute". The Weathered Door alphas are still a favorite of mine, since I can do my favorite combo of a script or hand drawn word and a chunky block font for my titles.
I wasn't really sure what I would do when it came time to pick out patterned papers, which is where I usually start my layouts. Two of the photos have a lot of color going on, since I took these photos looking down on Mateo, playing with our Little People toys. For whatever reason, I pulled out my Plus One collection from Amy Tan first, and decided that I loved the aqua, orange, grey and black color combo with the photos.
These star stickers came about very randomly. I've been doing a little purging in my scraproom lately, and just last week I cleaned out a few baskets of stickers and rub-ons. I have some super old stuff that I just can't seem to part with. But I also never think to use them, as I don't often take the time to dig thru my stash when sitting down to create layouts.
As I was cleaning, I came across these old Sassafrass stickers, and while most of the stickers on the sheet are ones I would never use, these two star stickers matched my papers, so I decided to use them. And if you look at the first detail shot I shared, you'll see I used a cloud sticker from the same sticker sheet. I didn't think it matched as well, but decided to use it anyways. I added a few black enamel dots to distract from the "tape" on the sticker that I felt was distracting.
I love that Kerri has a huge variety of kits loaded up with hand drawn words, script words, cursive words, as it's so easy to find just the mix you're looking for, for any given project. You can find the majority of her kits containing her handwritten words right HERE.